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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington International Airport is losing its daily non-stop flights to our nation’s capital, but it could gain flights to other popular destinations.

Following the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, the US Department of Justice forced the new American Airlines to give up take-off and landing spots at DC’s Reagan National Airport, including two direct flights to Wilmington.

“We fought that and protested that,” ILM Airport Director Jon Rosborough. “We had community leaders writing letters on our behalf but the department of justice elected not to so American had no other choice but to give up those flights.”

Instead Wilmington will get another non-stop to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, which is ILM’s most popular destination.

Rosborough says a grant from the Department of Transportation could bring even more non-stop flights to the Port City.

“We have about $961,000 to go forward and try and get service back that will be used as start-up money,” Rosborough said. “We’re looking at Chicago primarily as number one, and we’d like to get into south Florida somewhere around Fort Lauderdale or Miami and also Dallas-Ft. Worth.”

Rosborough says they don’t know exactly when the DC flights will end. He hopes to add new non-stop destinations within the next year.

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  • Rusty

    I know it’s a pipe dream, but I would love to see a non-stop to California or even a hub closer to there than Charlotte. (Phoenix maybe?) My flights are usually ILM-CLT-PHX-PSP or rarely ILM-ATL-SMF on another carrier and I would surely enjoy less stops and (perhaps?) a lower price. With that said though please do NOT make it San Diego.. Leaving a larger jet for a smaller one means a different building and going through TSA again; you will miss your next flight if you don’t know this in advance and have a tight schedule :\

  • John McIntosh

    Sounds to me like you need a private jet

  • antithug

    This would service many transplants, NJ, NY, PA, Conn. It’s a no brainer.

  • guesty

    Non-stop to Las Vegas.

  • Chris Rose

    You should entice United Airlines to return to ILM with service to Newark, Washington Dulles, and/or Chicago!

  • jezebeljean


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  • Guest000000

    Mr. Manning? Is that you?

  • NDmama

    Bismark baby!

  • Chris Rose

    This is a perfect opportunity to entice United Airlines to resume service between ILM and Chicago, Newark, and/or Washington DC!

  • sm

    STT!…..St Thomas, USVI.


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